Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
40 x 30 cm
This dreaming tells about the many different trees in the area around Lajamanu. They are used for many things including medicine and a food source. The women gather fruit, nuts, bark and make coolamons from the trunks. For example the ngarkirdirri tree we make watiya (digging/fighting stick) and we can also find laaju (witchetty grub) here with this tree.
Nungarrayi is an avid artist and lover of her culture, driven to record and preserve. She loves colour and expression. In her later years her style has changed slightly showing more freedom and use of colour, while years of experience with brushes show skilled execution and technique. Nungarrayi now produces some truly stunning work with heavy bold confident brushwork while manipulating a broad range of colour. This artist's depth of character and life experience is reflected in her work. She was also known as Maggie Jurrah/Hargraves. Nungarrayi is one of the old desert walkers born in the Tanami Desert in her country near Jilla or Chilla Well. Nungarrayi's art is held in a number of major collections, and she has been widely exhibited both in Australia and overseas, including France and the USA. In 2009 and 2014 she was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.